Crime Prevention
Crime Prevention Holiday Safety Tips PDF Print E-mail
  • Be extra cautious! Lock your doors and windows when you leave the house, even for a few minutes
  • When leaving home for an extended period of time, have a neighbor or family member watch your house to pick up your newspapers and mail
  • Indoor and outdoor lights should be on an automatic timer
  • Leave a radio or television on so the house looks and sounds occupied
  • Large displays of holiday gifts should not be visible through the windows and doors of your home
  • When setting up a Christmas tree or other holiday display, make sure doorways and passageways are clear inside your home
  • Make sure your Christmas tree is mounted on a sturdy base so children, elderly persons or family pets cannot pull it over onto themselves
  • If you use lights on your Christmas tree or throughout your house, ensure the wiring is not damaged or frayed. Frayed or damaged wiring can cause a fire
  • Be mindful of any open flame in your house
  • Drive defensively and remember traffic is heavier during the holidays. Drink responsibly and utilize a designated driver
  • Lock your vehicle every time you leave it unattended, and always lock your valuables in the trunk or take them with you
  • If you do not have a trunk, hide valuables under seats, in the glove box, center console or other compartments within the vehicle or take them with you. Never leave valuables in plain view
  • Personal responsibility is the best prevention to safeguard personal property and to prevent you from becoming a victim
  • Electronics docking stations, GPS and GPS docking stations are prime targets for thieves. if you want to keep them, lock them out of sight or take them with you. Do not leave them out
  • Do not leave phone or computer chargers in plain view. Prior to leaving your vehicle, place the chargers out of sight or take them with you

 Safe Holiday Shopping Tips

  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash
  • Keep your personal belongings in your possession. Do not leave personal items unattended in a shopping cart
  • When shopping online, use secure internet sites
  • Park your vehicle in a well-lit area
  • Do not park your vehicle in remote locations
  • When returning to your vehicle, stop, listen, and look around. Stay alert to your surroundings
  • If you see or hear something suspicious, STOP! Ask security or store personnel to escort you to your vehicle
  • Have your vehicle keys readily available before you get to your vehicle
  • Crime deterrence beings with YOU, so if you see something suspicious say something and call the POLICE

Crime Prevention Information Flyers

Preventing Thefts from Vehicles [PDF]

Preventing Vehicle Break-Ins [PDF]


The Crime Prevention Unit PDF Print E-mail

The Covina Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit is responsible for working in the community to build a working partnership between the community and the Police Department. The purpose of the unit is to utilize this partnership to identify and solve problems within the community. The Crime Prevention unit is responsible for educating the residents of our community in the area of Crime Prevention. We offer Burglar Alarm Information, Safety Tips for home owners, business owners and apartment owners through various programs such as; Neighborhood Watch, Business Watch, Citizens Police Academy and Crime Free Multi-Housing.

The Crime Prevention Unit also manages our Police Volunteers. The volunteers assist in the Police Department with Patrol, Clerical and Graffiti Abatement.

Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch is one of the most effective and least costly ways to prevent crime and reduce neighborhood fear. Members of Neighborhood Watch learn how to make their homes more secure, by working with the Police Department and utilizing crime prevention techniques. Furthermore, members watch out for each other and the neighborhood by reporting suspicious activities to the police. Neighborhood Watch meetings are held at residents' homes and are facilitated by a Covina Police Department, Community Services Specialist.

For additional information of Covina's Neighborhood Watch Program, or to schedule a Neighborhood Watch meeting in your neighborhood, contact Community Services Specialist Candace Bobkiewicz at (626) 384-5630, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Please report suspicious activity (anything that looks, or sounds like it can be associated with criminal activity) to the Covina Police Department immediately. While some "suspicious activities" may have innocent explanations, the Covina Police Department would rather investigate a crime prone situation than be called when it is too late. For emergencies dial 9-1-1, or non-emergency (626) 384-5808.